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Archives: Aug. 2012

Aug.
23rd

Woman lands 1,000-pound marlin, loses Hawaii fishing tournament

From Oskar Garcia of the Associated Press:

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii tournament angler fought a 12-foot, half-ton marlin in the Pacific Ocean for more than four hours before she and her teammates got the monster fish out of the water — but she missed out on the glory and thousands of dollars in prize money.

Molly Palmer, 28, would have needed to reel in the fish by herself in order for it to qualify as a valid catch for the tournament, according to rules set by the International Game Fishing Association.

But her team helped her pull the massive

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Aug.
23rd

Sarah Creachbaum named superintendent of Olympic National Park

Sarah Creachbaum was named today as the new superintendent of Olympic National Park. She replaces Karen Gustin who retired in March, after over 30 years with the National Park Service.

Creachbaum is currently serving as superintendent of Haleakala National Park. She has been at the park on the island of Maui since 2009. Before that, she was superintendent at War in the Pacific National Historical Park on the island of Guam and American Memorial Park on the island of Saipan.

“I am absolutely thrilled to work at Olympic; it has always been a dream,” Creachbaum said in a prepared statement.

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Aug.
22nd

DNR closes part of Ahtanum State Forest, near Yakima, due to wildfire

The state Department of Natural Resources has just announced it is immediately closing Ahtanum Meadows, Ahtanum Campground and Whites Ridge Trailhead to assist with fire suppression efforts with the Diamond Butte fire.

The closures, on Ahtanum State Forest west of Yakima, are expected to last at least through the weekend. Access to the Middle Fork Road will be limited to authorized personnel only.

Dispersed recreation opportunities are allowed off the South Fork Road, Nasty Creek Road, North Fork Road, and Jackass Road. Campfires are prohibited.

Aug.
22nd

New website provides bar crossing info, images

The U.S. Coast Guard and National Weather Service have develop a website to provide coastal boaters with weather and Coast Guard observations to evaluate bar restrictions and conditions.

You can access the website by clicking here.

The website gives boaters a place to not only see the entrance or bar through updated camera images, but also the Coast Guard’s evaluation of the bar conditions and any restrictions that may be in place.

“This is an excellent tool for the mariner”, Dan Shipman, recreational boating safety specialist for the 13th Coast Guard District in Seattle, said in a prepared

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Aug.
21st

Fishing report: Salmon slowly making their way into local rivers

Here are some early reports from the fishing report that will appear in Wednesday’s paper:

Saltwater

Sekiu: The fishing has dropped off, but a good number of coho are still being caught. The number of anglers has dropped since the area is closed to keeping of chinook.

South Sound: Salmon anglers have been having some luck catching chinook and a handful of coho. The fish are scattered with anglers hooking fish off the Gig Harbor shoreline, Point Dalco, slag pile and the clay banks. Most people are trolling flashers with with bait or hoochies, running their gear 60-90 feet deep

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Aug.
20th

King salmon make history at Olympic National Park

From Olympic National Park:

Today, less than five months after the removal of the
Elwha Dam, adult Chinook (king) salmon were observed in Olympic National Park.  These are the first observed Elwha River salmon to naturally migrate into the park.  When the Elwha Dam became operational in 1913, twenty-five years before the establishment of the park, over 70 miles of habitat were blocked to fish passage.

The Chinook were observed approximately two miles upstream from the boundary of the park by Phil Kennedy, Lead Fisheries Technician for the park, “We knew this was going to happen and as I saw the fish roll, my heart jumped!”

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Aug.
17th

State extends Lake Wenatchee sockeye season, raises daily limit

The state just announced it is extending the Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon season through Labor Day and increasing the daily bag limit.

The change is effective Saturday, at one hour before official sunrise, until Sept. 3, at one hour after sunset.

The daily limit per angler will be five sockeye 12 inches in length or greater.

So far, an estimated 46,000 fish have migrated past Tumwater Dam en route to Lake Wenatchee. Projections of the total run could exceed 62,000 fish. Current angler participation and catch rates have indicated that these actions are warranted, said a state Department

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Aug.
17th

Fishing report: Skokomish chinook attracting crowds

UPDATED AT 3:32 P.M.

I got this two calls after I had filed my report for Saturday’s paper, so I thought I would include them here.

Mineral Lake: People are catching rainbow and brown trout, fishing with worms and marshmallows off the bottom with a 6-foot leader, said Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. The lake is warming up, so fish early or late in the day.

Silver Lake (Pierce): The trout fishing has been good, especially before the sunshine hits the water. The trout have been cruising near the docks looking for small largemouth bass. The fishing

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